People with spinal cord injuries and their families often feel anxious about returning home after rehabilitation and dealing with the many challenges related to living with such injuries. Patients with SCI who receive more intensive peer mentorship have more active engagement in rehabilitation, greater self-efficacy and lower hospital readmissions.
In a podcast with Shepherd Center Radio, Minna Hong, the Spinal Cord Injury Peer Support Program supervisor at Shepherd Center, discusses the value of peer support and the importance of peer-led self-care education classes after injury.
Download the podcast as an audio file above, or access it at shepherd.org/radio.
Minna Hong has worked at Shepherd Center since 2000. Minna, the mother of two young adults, has been living with a spinal cord injury 1999. She is a guest lecturer at Emory University, Georgia State University, the University of Georgia and Mercer University, speaking about treating patients with a disability. Minna has served as a board member of the Georgia Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Trust Fund since 2009. She has also contributed as a member of Delta Air Lines’ Disability Advocacy Board since 2011 and served as a member of the company’s Disability Resource Group from 2009 to 2013. Minna has been featured in various publications, including New Mobility, Jezebel, the Atlanta Journal Constitution and Spinal Column magazine. She is an artist, exhibiting at Coca-Cola Headquarters in Atlanta in 2014, and her work is featured in a 2015 AT&T calendar.
Shepherd Center, located in Atlanta, Ga., is a private, not-for-profit hospital specializing in medical treatment, research and rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injury or brain injury. Founded in 1975, Shepherd Center is ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top 10 rehabilitation hospitals in the nation and is a 152-bed facility. Last year Shepherd Center had 965 admissions to its inpatient programs and 571 to its day patient programs. In addition, Shepherd Center sees more than 6,600 people annually on an outpatient basis. For more information, visit Shepherd Center online at www.shepherd.org